Both ‘Frozen’ Movies in Order (Including Short Films & TV Series)

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‘Frozen’ is a 2013 animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the film is loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ‘The Snow Queen.’ It became a cultural phenomenon and one of Disney’s most successful animated films.

‘Frozen’ inspired an entire franchise of associated works, including a sequel movie, 4 short films, and two TV shows inspired by the movie’s characters, and today, we will tell you how to watch them in order.

Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in December 2023 with the latest news regarding the ‘Frozen’ franchise.

‘Frozen’ movies, short films and series in release date order

‘Frozen’ received widespread critical acclaim for its animation, storytelling, and music. It became a box office success, grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide. The film won two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature. Beyond its financial success, ‘Frozen’ became a cultural phenomenon. ‘Let It Go’ became a global anthem, and Elsa and Anna were printed on a massive amount of merchandise and spin-off media. Here’s the entire franchise in release date order:

  1. ‘Frozen’ (2013)
  2. ‘Frozen Fever’ (2015) Short Film
  3. ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ (2017)
  4. ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ (2019) Short Film
  5. ‘Frozen II’ (2019)
  6. ‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (2020) Short Film
  7. ‘At Home with Olaf’ (2020) Series of shorts
  8. ‘Olaf Presents’ (2021) Series of shorts

Are all ‘Frozen’ movies, series & short films connected? What’s the best order to watch them in?

All the ‘Frozen’ movies, series, and short films are part of the same franchise and are connected in terms of storyline and characters. Each short film or short series adds something to the overall storyline, and the point was to continue the story even beyond what we saw in the films. The best way to watch the ‘Frozen’ franchise is in release date order.

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All ‘Frozen’ movies, series & shorts in chronological order

Now that we’ve covered the best watch order, it’s good to mention that all ‘Frozen’ installments weren’t exactly released in their proper chronological order, as some aspects of the franchise serve as origin stories. Here are all ‘Frozen’ installments in chronological order:

  1. ‘Frozen’ (2013)
  2. ‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (2020)
  3. ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ (2017) Holiday Special
  4. ‘Frozen Fever’ (2015)
  5. ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ (2019) Short film
  6. ‘Frozen II’ (2019)
  7. ‘At Home with Olaf’ (2020)
  8. ‘Olaf Presents’ (2021)

1.‘Frozen’ (2013)

Frozen 2013

The first point on our timeline is ‘Frozen’, in which we met our characters and got to know the world of Arendelle. Princess Elsa of Arendelle, born with magical ice powers, accidentally injures her younger sister, Anna, leading their parents to seek help from trolls. Elsa is isolated to protect others from her powers, causing a rift between the sisters that persists into adulthood after their parents’ tragic demise at sea.

2. ‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (2020)

Once Upon a Snowman 2020

‘Once Upon a Snowman’ is a short film that details Olaf’s origin story and how he came to be alive and set out to find his destiny. The short film chronologically takes place simultaneously with the first movie.

3. ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ (2017)

Olafs Frozen Adventure 2017

‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ is set during the first Christmas after the castle gates are reopened, and Anna and Elsa celebrate with the entire Arendelle. When citizens retire to their homes to be with their families and celebrate the holidays together, the sisters realize that they do not respect the family tradition of celebrating Christmas like the rest of the people, so Olaf and reindeer Sven decide to explore the customs of the kingdom and learn the meaning of the holidays.

4. ‘Frozen Fever’ (2015)

Frozen Fever 2015

On Anna’s birthday, Elsa and Kristoff plan to create the best celebration for her, but Elsa’s icy powers pose a potential risk. The events take place in June 1840, a year after the storyline of ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,’ aligning with the Arendelle page’s timeline placing Anna’s birthday during the Summer solstice.

5. ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale’ (2019)

Myth A Frozen Tale 2019

The prequel short film to ‘Frozen II,’ titled ‘Myth: A Frozen Tale,’ released on June 11, 2020, and directed by Jeff Gipson, is narrated by Evan Rachel Wood, who portrays an Arendelle mother. The short serves as a precursor to Frozen II, providing insights into the story of the elementals and enhancing the understanding of events in the sequel.

6. ‘Frozen II’ (2019)

Frozen II 2019

King Agnarr recounts to his daughters Elsa and Anna the tragic history of a treaty gone wrong with the Northuldra tribe, leading to the death of their grandfather, King Runeard, and the unleashing of elemental forces in the Enchanted Forest. Three years after Elsa’s coronation, a mysterious voice prompts her to embark on a journey with Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven to the Enchanted Forest, where they must confront the past and resolve the conflict with the elemental spirits to save their kingdom.

7. ‘At Home with Olaf’ (2020)

At Home with Olaf 2020

Disney released a series of 21 short clips starring Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, on their YouTube and Twitter pages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Animated by Hyrum Osmond and other animators working from home, the series concluded with a special musical montage short titled “I Am with You,” featuring clips from various Disney animated films.

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8. ‘Olaf Presents’ (2021)

Olaf Presents 2021

‘Olaf Presents,’ released on Disney+ on November 12, 2021, features a series of shorts where Olaf narrates Disney stories in his unique style. Inspired by a scene in ‘Frozen II,’ Olaf recaps five films, including ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Tangled,’ and ‘Moana’, in a humorous and whimsical way.

Where to watch the above-mentioned movies, shorts and specials?

Absolutely everything related to ‘Frozen’ franchise can be streamed on Disney+. Shorts and specials can also be found on YouTube.

Will there be more ‘Frozen’ movies?

The ‘Frozen’ franchise will continue with not one but two installments that we know of. In February 2023, Bob Igre announced that ‘Frozen III’ was in the works, and on November 18, 2023, he announced that the fourth installment in the movie series was likewise being developed. No release dates are known, and no details regarding the plot.

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